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What's Made Me Happy This Month? August 2015

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August seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye, but I'm not complaining because I'm getting a bit restless being home for the summer. It's got to the point where I'm finding really little things irritating, which is always a sign it's time to leave! My train ticket back to Wales is all booked, so I just have to enjoy the remaining weeks I've got with my family and friends before term starts and I set up camp in the library (though I may have to take a few study breaks to watch the rugby world cup in the pub  I'm so excited!)

I don't like it when small things start to bother me, because they really don't matter in the grand scheme of things, so writing this post has been a gentle reminder that life is good, and I'm lucky.

1. My little brother got into university! He was worried that he wouldn't get in anywhere and would have to go through clearing, but he was offered a place on a Civil Engineering course and I couldn't be more proud of him.

2. Mexican food from Café Dez. Visiting my favourite local restaurant was always going to be fun. Visiting my favourite local restaurant with my oldest friend, Steph, my mum, and her mum was a hoot and a half, especially since cocktails were involved. I may have opted for a frozen raspberry daiquiri, fajitas, and churros again, but this time I had duck in the fajitas instead of chicken and THEY WERE AMAZING. I left with a food baby, but it was so worth it.

3. A visit to the Birmingham Royal Ballet. I went up there on behalf of Buzz Magazine to attend one of their media days, and it was so interesting, especially for a huge ballet geek like me. Myself and the other press contacts (yep, I was a press contact, get me) got to see the costumes, shoes, and wigs, watch rehearsals, tour the Jerwood Centre where the dancers go for conditioning and injury rehabilitation, hear about what it takes to put the scenery together, and interview some of the dancers about the upcoming production of Swan Lake. Everyone was lovely and happy to answer any questions  it really did not feel like work. Well worth the seven-hour round trip.   

4. Nigella Lawson's Pea Soup. I got a cold near the beginning of August and so I made myself a tonne of this. It barely has any ingredients  just vegetable stock, peas, and seasoning, blended together  plus soup is the most comforting thing when you're sick (and your throat is too sore for whole food). It's particularly good when served with the sunflower and pumpkin seed bread from Tesco.

5. A weekend with friends. We played Cards Against Humanity, went to watch a cricket match (which was actually quite exciting with music and fireworks  I did suggest that my dad's local club invest in some flame throwers but he wasn't keen on the idea) and then went out out. I rarely drink alcohol, and I rarely go to actual clubs, but every so often I find that a night out is the perfect way to let off some steam — I found myself doing tequila-induced loon dancing to Teenage Dirtbag, Stacey's Mom, Livin' On A Prayer, and Don't Stop Believin'. Such a fun night/morning.

6. My new notebook from Quotebook Stationery. It has 'I'll stop wearing black when they make a darker colour' written on the front, which is a motto I live by no matter what the season, and the paper is really good quality, which makes writing even more of a joy. Click the link to check out the Quotebook Stationery Etsy shop, and treat yo'self. 

7. These blog posts: Steph's list of excellent cruelty-free beauty products that can be found on the high street, Hayley's Wittering Wednesdays post about not wanting to have children, Eleanor's post on giving fear the middle finger, and Carina's top three sunsets in Greece.

How has August been for you? Let me know in the comments!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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